Walk into the locker room of any professional sports team and you’ll find massive baths filled with ice that players dip into after a hard game.
But do they really help recovery?
Research from the Physiological Society questions their efficacy.
You can read the full study. Although the report doesn’t completely rule out the benefits it does say:
More work remains to be done to establish whether other combinations of water temperature or duration of immersion produce different physiological effects in skeletal muscle and other soft tissues after muscle-damaging exercise”